And Then She Was Sick

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It’s official: I am sick.  Groggy, rundown, foggy headed.  Sick, sick, sick.  Hopefully this is an epic 24-hour bug, and I will wake up feeling better than ever tomorrow. 🙂


Unfortunately, this illness has struck at a bad time because I was scheduled to run 6.0 miles today and tomorrow is suppose to be my last long run for my upcoming marathon (just 16 more days!).  I typically refuse to run when I’m feeling ill because I know it’s so bad for my immune system… plus, it just seems to extend the length of the cold.


My game plan? Rest today, and rest tomorrow (unless I wake up feeling significantly better, which could happen).  Hopefully, I’ll be able to make my long run up this weekend. 


The Husband forced me to drink this cocktail, promising me that I’ll wake up feeling “perfect” tomorrow.


In the mix:


  • Lemon, Ginger, and Echinacea juice from Trader Joe’s
  • Goji berry juice
  • A tablespoon of minced garlic


It was disgusting.


In other news, Girls on the Run was so much fun today. :)  I got to spend more time than usual running with the girls, which is a good thing because they tend to run faster with a coach.  We ended up doing 2.0 miles together (which I am totally going to count towards marathon training, thankyouverymuch).


But the run with the girls really drove home the fact that I do NOT feel good.  🙁




A big whole wheat burrito stuffed with refried beans, black beans, cheese, arugula, and chili corn salsa:


And asparagus spears!


I’m currently sitting on the couch, eating chocolates and nursing myself back to health.  We’ll see how it goes.  Luckily, my immune system usually bounces back quickly!


Night, friends!



  • KACI October 14, 2010, 8:01 pm

    Hope you feel better!!

  • Hope October 14, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Oh dear sorry to hear you’re sick Caitlin.
    Good idea about taking it easy, let your body rest and it’ll bounce back in no time!
    And I fully endorse couch-sitting-chocolate-eating behaviour when feeling unwell 🙂
    Get well soon!

  • Carly October 14, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Oh no! I hope you feel better. Rest up! By the way, I ran my first 5k last Sunday.

    I wrote about it here if you are interested:

    But all in all, I ended up really enjoying it. The last mile was the most fun I have had running ever. Thank you for inspiring me 🙂

  • Evan Thomas October 14, 2010, 8:11 pm

    That sounds pretty gross, but I think the holistic doc could’ve whipped up something nastier if he tried. At least there was no bat blood or eye of newt.

    Hope you feel better!

  • Wei-Wei October 14, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Aw, man. I hope you feel better soon – I have my fingers crossed! Why don’t you take a wheatgrass shot 😉

  • Exercise and Eat October 14, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Hope you feel better in the morning! Wish I had a live-in doc for when I’m under the weather:)

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 14, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Feel better soon!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Get some rest Caitlin! I hope it goes quickly! Dinner looks delicious. Hopefully all that good food will help too!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) October 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

    I hope you feel better! But like you said earlier, better getting sick now than a few days before your marathon! Rest up!

  • VeggieGirl October 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Get well soon!! xo

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 14, 2010, 8:17 pm

    There’s definitely something going around. My husband was sick all weekend he missed 2 Thanksgiving dinners!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 14, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Sorry you are sick, resting is the best thing you can do!

    A DQ blizzard usually helps me feel better, maybe you should send your husband out for a Pumpkin Pie one for you 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 14, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Awww, hope you get better soon!

  • Laura Ann October 14, 2010, 8:19 pm

    sorry to hear you are sick! i’m glad to hear you are taking it easy. don’t rush it!

  • Lee October 14, 2010, 8:22 pm

    Feel better soon!

  • Maren October 14, 2010, 8:23 pm

    feel better soon, don’t push it on the runs because you’ll stay sicker longer!

  • Anne @ Life is a Joy October 14, 2010, 8:26 pm

    So sorry to hear. Feel better soon. Oranges, hot tea and rest. Take care.

  • Jess October 14, 2010, 8:29 pm

    Feel better!

  • Amanda October 14, 2010, 8:30 pm

    Hope you feel better in the morning! Rest is always the best choice and I’m ,as others have said, a live-in doctor doesn’t hurt either 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 14, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re not well Caitlin! That cocktail from The Husband sounds absolutely revolting but I’ve heard good things about the ingredients and boosting immunity so lets hope it is doing something good!
    PS – LOVE the looks of your dinner… that burrito is STUFFED with goodness!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 14, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Hope you feel better in time for your weekend long run!! That juice sounds gross, but hopefully it does the trick 🙂

  • eri October 14, 2010, 8:34 pm

    hope you feel better!

  • JL goes Vegan October 14, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Sometimes during taper time the body just gives out — you’re tired! Get some rest and maybe push back your last long run until you feel better. Rest always does a body good!

  • Lauren October 14, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Awww, I’m routing for you girl. Feel better soon hun!

  • claire October 14, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Feel better lady! I can’t believe that juice…yikes…congrats on getting it down!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin October 14, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Sorry you are sick! I just got over a weird two day cold I got… apparently it’s going around NYC. You were here… maybe you picked it up! Have a good night sleep.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 14, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Feel better sweets!

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated October 14, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Oh no! I hope you feel better in the morning! I think that burrito ALONE should help! It looks SOOOO good. 🙂 Take care and get lots of sleep!

  • yummieecupcake October 14, 2010, 8:51 pm

    aww.. feel better!! i want to eat that corn salsa!! can i have some?! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 9:11 am

      sure, come on over!

  • sarah October 14, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Lots of hot tea and orange juice….I’m sure you’ll be feeling great by Saturday. Take care!!

  • Julie @SavvyEats October 14, 2010, 8:55 pm

    Get well soon!!!!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 14, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Hoping you get well soon…illness is never fun, especially when you are training for a race!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 14, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Honestly, you’ve been so busy traveling and training, I’m not surprised you are a little run down! I know I would be! Get some rest, drink some more garlic potion and you’ll be better in no time! (if my husband made me drink that, you can guarantee he’d be drinking it too!)

  • Susan October 14, 2010, 9:09 pm

    That corn salsa looks soooo good. Is it homemade?

    And definitely rest & get better.

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 9:12 am

      Naw it’s from Trader Joes. So freaking delish though.

  • Sara October 14, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I just ran my very first half marathon on Sunday, and of course I got sick on Saturday. I ended up running with terrible congestion and a fever (bad idea). But I finished the 13.1! I hope you get better fast, and good luck on your marathon! =)

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) October 14, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Hope you get better. We’ll see tomorrow if your husband’s concoction works, i guess!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 14, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Hope you feel all better tomorrow! 🙂 I will be interested to see if the husband’s drink works!

  • *Andrea* October 14, 2010, 9:17 pm

    chocolate heals all sicknesses :c)
    feel better caitlin!!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 14, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Ahh I hope you feel better! Sickness always strikes at the most inopportune time. Mine always came RIGHT before finals:)

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 14, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Feel better. I think your choice to rest over running is a good one. 🙂

  • Sarah October 14, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I was sick last week with a cold, but I only felt bad for one day. I drank tons of water, took zicam, drank shots of emergen-c, and went to bed early. I think it’s a winning combo. Hope you feel better!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit October 14, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Hope you feel better! Getting sick is never fun.

  • Mary October 14, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Boo! Sorry you’re sick! 🙁 Good thought not to run your long runs even though you’re sick. Your bod will thank you in the long run 🙂

    ps. that drink hus made you looks pretty in picture but I can only imagine how it tastes haha!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 14, 2010, 9:49 pm

    You’re very lucky to have a doc in the house. My accupuncturist/herbalist gives me horrible tasting stuff, but it always works. I wish you speedy recovery!

  • Kris October 14, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Hydrate, rest, repeat. Hope you feel better!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 14, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Yep. Sounds pretty disgusting. But sometimes crazy stuff like that works. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed October 14, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Feel better Caitlin! Positive thinking all the way. I’m sure you’ll wake up feeling a lot better from that lovely (read: gross) cocktail 🙂 great idea to rest.
    Heidi xo

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 14, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Awwe sorry you’re sick. :/ At least it should clear up by marathon time, though!

  • Cynthia October 14, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Feel better! Get some rest. It sucks that you are sick now, but hopefully with enough rest you will be better in no time. And it’s definitely better to be sick now than during your marathon.

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon October 14, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Hi Caitlin– So sorry to hear you’re sick, and I’m sending “get well” wishes your way. Just wanted to let you know that I’m sick, too right now! I noticed that you’re nursing yourself back to good health with the couch and some chocolate–coincidentally, in my blog post last night I indicated that the best remedy for a cold is the couch, “Glee” re-runs, and chocolate peanut butter brownies 🙂

    Feel better soon!

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 8:52 am

      hahaha i want peanut butter brownies!

  • Lizzy October 14, 2010, 10:05 pm

    caitlin the exact same thing happened to me last weekend, but thankfully i caught it before it got to bad..i hope you feel better soon!

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 14, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I hope that gross drink gets you back to your normal self! Ugh being sick is no fun.

  • Fallon October 14, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Yikes I hope your small bug goes away soon! You gotta be strong for that marathon.

    The burrito looks so good right now!

  • Jaime Runs October 14, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Ick that drink sounds horrible but I hope it was worth it and works! Feel better!

  • Kath October 14, 2010, 10:19 pm

    I can imagine Kristien telling you to drink that 🙂

    Hope you feel better 🙁

  • Nikka October 14, 2010, 10:22 pm

    TJ’s Corn Salsa?!? That’s one of my all-time favorite, it’s delish!!!

    Feel better lady 🙂

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 14, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I hope you feel better love!! Take care and rest up!

  • Elizabeth October 14, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I feel you. I’m just recovering from the stomach flu myself. After two & half days of no work and no activity I finally got back to karate tonight and back to work tomorrow. Feel better, but remember to take it easy so you won’t feel worse or for bad for longer.

  • Jennifer @ Frost Bites October 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Sending good vibes to ya! ‘hope you feel better. I know I hate it when I’m sick even with just the *sniffles*…BTW I got my flu shot today, too. Are you gonna?

  • Joanna October 14, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I am sick as well. It amazes me that after all the greens we eat, that we can still get sick. I will chock it up to the elements and to the stress. Hope you feel better! Take some rest, busy lady!

  • Jolene ( October 14, 2010, 10:47 pm

    I hope you feel better soon!! Rest, rest, rest, and maybe take a day off tomorrow even if you are feeling better.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 14, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Sorry you’re sick, lady. Make yourself a hot apple cider with fresh ginger and cayenne pepper, it always clears me up when I’m feeling ill.

  • tina October 14, 2010, 10:49 pm

    as much as it sucks- REST! you have trained for many months…. you will rock the marathon with our without that 6 miles… 6 miles can NOT make or break your 26.2!!!

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 8:50 am


  • TheHerBehindItAll October 14, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I’m sick too :[ It really is a bummer because I can’t get much done & I have to go to work to put money in the bank. Hope you get better soon!

  • carlee October 14, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I hope you feel better!

  • katie October 14, 2010, 11:11 pm

    I really admire you for doing GOTR. 🙂 And I hope you feel better soon !

    Just a question, have you been really stressed lately? Because today in my Child and Youth Lecture, my professor said that when people get really stressed their cortisol levels rise and their immune systems, emotions, heart and a lot of other stuff are subdued and its easier to get sick, and have a heart attack and a bunch of bad things can happen.

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 8:49 am

      I am always stressed 🙁

  • Jenne October 14, 2010, 11:22 pm

    If you have access to a Far-infared sauna, use it!!! The last time I was sick I spent 30 minutes in there and felt like a million bucks the next day!!! It was amazing!!!

  • Camille October 15, 2010, 12:23 am

    Ahh, I was sick for my Marathon last weekend. Try and get some rest!

  • hippierunner October 15, 2010, 2:01 am

    I can’t believe you drank garlic! And that is coming from an absolute lover of all things garlic. I really really really hope you feel better ASAP! You’re strong! You can do it!

  • Lorin October 15, 2010, 2:20 am

    I totally think what you do with Girls on the Run is awesome! I was wondering if before you decided to do this if you thought, maybe the girls would take running for health to the extreme? I don’t believe this, I mean anything can happen really and people just do the best in trying to show people how to be healthy (also with boosting self-esteem as GIrls on the Run seems to do). But I was just wondering if you ever thought of that…

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 8:49 am

      Nope, we don’t talk about weight loss or anything like that at all. We just run because it’s fun 🙂

      • Lorin October 15, 2010, 6:27 pm

        Oh, yeah, I didn’t mean that you were talking about weight loss. I run for fun too. Go endorphins! Have a good weekend!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 15, 2010, 2:31 am

    feel better! having to drink something with garlic in it means you should be immediately rewarded with good health. karma, no?

  • Little Bookworm October 15, 2010, 5:00 am

    Hope you feel better soon Caitlin!

  • alexe @ October 15, 2010, 6:50 am

    I hope you feel better soon! Take care!

  • Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance October 15, 2010, 7:00 am

    Aww hope you feel better soon. I am impressed that you managed to run at all when you are feeling ill! Hope the drink worked!

  • miss posy October 15, 2010, 7:02 am

    Reading your blog inspires me to keep going. Feel better! x

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 15, 2010, 7:32 am

    Oh no! I’m sending healing thoughts your way. Get better soon!

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) October 15, 2010, 7:38 am

    I swear, everyone is sick right now! My whole office has a cold and it just keeps getting spread around.

    Get lots of rest, drink lots of water & feel better soon!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 15, 2010, 7:56 am

    I hope you feel better soon! 🙂 I think that’s a good idea not to run – I think going on runs is what extended my cold longer than it would have lasted!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 15, 2010, 8:20 am

    Poor thing – I hope you feel better!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 15, 2010, 8:25 am

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Cindy October 15, 2010, 8:46 am

    Get well soon!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 15, 2010, 8:50 am

    I hope you feel better!

  • Rachel October 15, 2010, 9:05 am

    Feel better soon! Take it easy today 🙂

  • Sarah October 15, 2010, 9:29 am

    Oh, no! I hope you feel better soon, Caitin! Maybe that drink will, indeed, work its magic.

  • Amber K October 15, 2010, 10:14 am

    Feel better soon! I hope that drink works its magic, because otherwise EWWW. 😉

  • Lisa October 15, 2010, 11:44 am

    I drink a lot of apple juice when sick. Emergen-C. Zicam!

  • Gail October 15, 2010, 12:38 pm

    My tips for recovering from sickness: long hot bath and more than 12 hours sleep.
    Hope the drink work its magic, and you get well soon.

  • krista October 15, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Are you saying epic more lately because of all the bloggers who recently have been making fun of that word?

    • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 2:02 pm

      actually, yes 🙂

      • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 2:03 pm

        why does everyone have to take everything sooo serious? i’m glad you see the humor in the use of the word epic. all. the. time.

        • krista October 15, 2010, 3:53 pm

          I was hoping you were, that’s funny! Now put it back on your latest post. 😉

        • Caitlin October 15, 2010, 4:04 pm

          haha i thought two epics were a bit much. that was accidental!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 15, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Ugh!!! Booo! Feel better!

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